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MPI for Biology of Ageing - MPI for Metabolism Research, CECAD Excellence Cluster, Caesar


Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research


Offering programs in...

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biophysics
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics
  • Health Science
  • Immunology
  • Informatics
  • Life Sciences
  • MD/Ph.D.
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology
  • Structural Biology
  • Virology

The Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research (CGA) in Germany is a joint venture of the University of Cologne Excellence Cluster on Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases (CECAD), the University Hospital Cologne, the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing and the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research. The Cologne/Bonn area has developed into a leading global research community with a stellar constellation of institutes and scientists dedicated to ageing research in Life Sciences.

The CGA offers a Master Fellowship programme  (application deadline in summer) and a well-established, structured Ph.D. programme (application deadline in winter) in the highly interdisciplinary field of ageing research at one of the most prestigious ageing research cluster in Europe, Germany.

The Master fellowship programme aims to attract motivated students holding a B.Sc. degree in a relevant field that wish to explore the field of ageing research at an early career stage. The three-year Ph.D. programme provides outstanding research conditions with intensive supervision and state-of-the-art facilities in an international environment.

Main Research Areas:

  • DNA Damage & Repair
  • (Epi-) Genetics 
  • Inflammation
  • Membrane & Lipid Signalling
  • Metabolism & Nutrient Sensing
  • Mitochondrial Function
  • Neuroscience & Neurodegeneration
  • Non-coding RNAs
  • Protein Homeostasis
  • Stem Cells & Tissue Regeneration
  • Systems Biology & Bioinformatics
  • Tumour Biology

The structured Ph.D. training can be carried out in up to 55 participating research groups. During an on-site recruitment week in spring, invited candidates can pursue laboratory rotations in up to 5 research groups in order to find the final laboratory for their doctorate. The Ph.D. programme starts between July and October on an individual basis. Master fellowship holders are enrolled in the Biological Science Master programme of the University of Cologne starting annually in October.

In October, there is an orientation week including common workshops, social activities and an overall introduction to the CGA campus as well as the organisation of administrative issues specifically for international students.

The Ph.D. programme which is completely conducted in English, includes a tailor-made unique 3-year career development module. It is furthermore complemented by annual scientific retreats, lectures and journal clubs on ageing-related topics as well as diverse soft and hard skill workshops. For international students, intensive support and guidance in all administrative matters is offered.

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